Terms of Sale

  • A deposit of 10% of the bid is due at the Sheriff’s Office by 4:00pm on the day of the sale.(For Plaintiff purchase, the deposit amount is $1000.00)
  • The balance of the purchase price is due and payable upon confirmation of the sale which is normally about 30 to 45 days after the sale. The Sheriff's Office will call the purchaser when the balance is due.
  • All payments must be paid in cash, with a Certified Check or with a bank money order.
    We DO NOT accept Personal Checks, Company Checks, Letters of Credit, Credit Cards, or Debit Cards.
  • Failure to pay for a property bid at the auction will result in contempt of court charges being filed against the purchaser.
  • A seller assumes all real estate taxes, interest and penalites due and payable at the time of sale with exception to a tax foreclosure sale.
  • Any delinquent water and sewer bills may be the responsibility of the purchaser.
  • The successful bidder must provide proper identification and a completed Purchaser Information Form to our office after all sales have been completed.
  • All property sold at Sheriff’s sale is sold on an “as is” basis and there is no warranty or guarantee.
  • The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible to determine and makes no representations regarding whether the property is free of liens.
  • The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible to determine and makes no representations regarding whether utility bills, such as water, gas, electric, sewer, etc. are paid.
  • The appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property.
  • The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the appraisers make no representations, assume no responsibility and are not liable, for any condition of the property including any environmental or hazardous conditions that may exist within, under, around or near the subject property.

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